Book Review Of “The Arrangement” By Robyn Harding @GalleryBooks

Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar daddy—a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates, and even give her a monthly allowance? Lots of girls do it, Nat learns. All that’s required is to look pretty and hang on his every word. Sexual favors are optional.

Though more than thirty years her senior, Gabe, a handsome corporate finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate, and within a month, they are madly in love. At least, Nat is…Gabe already has a family, whom he has no intention of leaving.

So when he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. She begins drinking heavily and stalking him: watching him at work, spying on his wife, even befriending his daughter, who is not much younger than she is. But Gabe’s not about to let his sugar baby destroy his perfect life. What was supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession, and, when a body is found near Gabe’s posh Upper East Side apartment, murder.

Emotionally powerful and packed with page-turning suspense, The Arrangement delves into the sordid, all-too-real world of shadowy relationships between wealthy, powerful men and the young women who are caught in their web.

Thank You, Gallery Books for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 5 out of 5 Stars.

I love Robyn Harding, I love everything she has written, not only is she incredibly talented and a master of her craft, she is genuinely a very nice person. I have loved getting to chat with her! And how awesome is it, that myself and a bunch of my blogging friends are in the acknowledgements of this book?

I was so excited to start this book, and when my dear friend @jennsbookvibes got it too, we decided that this was our next buddy read. This was another book that I just could not put down. It’s a rare treat to be addicted to the book from page One.

I was so curious about this book, and the Sugar Baby/ Sugar Daddy aspect, as this was my first time reading a book on this topic. I wanted to know why Gabe ended things with her, when they seemed to have really liked each other, and I wanted to know who’s body ended up near his building. This was such a fun, thrill seeking ride. I may have figured out who the killer was, but I was so excited for the plot twist at the end, that was unexpected, and well done!

I think the thing I like most about Robyn’s writing is that it’s very real. The plots aren’t way out in left field, and she develops her characters after people you would know in real life. There is a very realistic tone. I also appreciated the way Harding writes about Gabe, and Natalie, and sort of paints a picture of them as likeable. But than you delve further into the book, and you start to feel otherwise.

There is just so much more to this book than, Gabe, Natalie, and the Sugar Bowl. This is an addictive, thrilling read, and I am so glad that I got an early copy! You guys NEED to read this one.

It’s out July 30th. I will include the Goodreads link below.

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